About Us

ESCAPE trails is owned and run by experienced trail and ultra runner Neil Staveley, with help from volunteer Run Leader Hannah.

Neil took up running in 2015 when he entered the East Coast 10k to raise money for charity. Although it wasn’t an instant love affair, with running he soon caught the running bug and hasn’t stopped since. After originally running and racing on roads, Neil found out about trail running and was instantly attracted by the ‘getting out into nature’ feel of it. Having given trail running a go, this time it was an instant love affair. Neil’s main running focus now is trail running and trail races, and he has run many trail races around the UK from 5Ks up to ultras, including the Trail Marathon Wales, the Peddars Way Ultra and the Norfolk 100k.

Neil and Hannah both hold the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF), and are also part of the coaching team at the Norfolk Gazelles Running Club. Neil also holds a Sports First Aid Level 2 qualification.

We strongly believe that trail running has a ton of benefits not just physically but also mentally. This is part of the reason why we set up ESCAPE trails to help people get out on the trails and start feeling, not just the benefits of running, but also of being outside in nature, and just as importantly to just have fun in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Our runs are planned to give you the support you need whether you’re new to the trails or you’re an experienced runner, all whilst running at a sociable pace. ESCAPE trails is not about racing or PBs it’s about having fun on the trails, and we make sure no one gets left behind irrespective of their ability.

The natural world is an important part of trail running, and all events organised by ESCAPE trails have a focus on the nature around us, the impact we have on it as trail runners, what we can do to help limit that impact, and what steps we can take to help keep it special.

At ESCAPE trails we realise that any business, no matter what size, has an negative impact on the environment, but we like to think that, with how ESCAPE trails is run, although not perfect, we can limit that impact a bit. This includes the advice we give on trail running equipment, which will always be from ethical businesses, right down to our own very small selection of ESCAPE trails merchandise. Which is as eco friendly as we could find, and includes tech t shirts that are made from recycled bottles, and hoodies that are organic. Each year as a business ESCAPE trails supports a different NGO and makes a small donation to their cause.

Don’t just take our word for it

  • positive review  Had a really great run tonight with Neil around the trails of Wroxham and the surrounding area. It was a great group to run with. Highly recommended. Thank you.

    Paul Gerber Avatar Paul Gerber

    positive review  I just wanted to say a big thank you to Neil and Hannah, for my intro to trail running at West Harling Woods. I am new to running, but am drawn to running off road, what a great location to try it out in. The hosts were very knowledgeable, I learned a lot about equipment, techniques and warming up and down and had fun too! Thanks guys, I will definitely be joining you for a guided run soon.

    Steven Turner Avatar Steven Turner

    positive review  Very friendly group, all with a common goal ! Absolutely loved every minute of the time outdoors. Kudos to the leaders. !

    Lewis Tippett Avatar Lewis Tippett

    positive review  Felt a bit random at first as I was the only person to turn up . But Neil is a good old boy had a really good natter and a good route was selected so it was quite a chilled 10k . Worth doing of your thinking about it

    Andrew Bouskill Avatar Andrew Bouskill
  • positive review  I seriously can not recommend this group highly enough. Both guides have a crazy amount of experience and mileage under their belt, but in spite of that it's such a relaxed encouraging atmosphere. I always come back from a run with them with a smile on my face and fun stories to tell! Love 👏these👏 guys👏!!! ❤️

    Beth Tousley Avatar Beth Tousley

    positive review  Had a super morning with Neil, on a private organised group run with friends. 6 mile loop from Wroxham across beautiful trails. The time flew by! Would definitely recommend.

    Cassie Wildey Avatar Cassie Wildey

    positive review  Did a run through the countryside of Hoveton last week with Escape Trails Joined by a cracking group of people, Neil led us over a lovely route at a nice steady pace. Suitable for runners of all levels.

    Clive Whiting Avatar Clive Whiting

    positive review  I absolutely loved the Intro to Trail Running at Harling Woods this morning. Neil and Hannah shared their knowledge from what kit you need to hill trail running. I even learned some new stretches at the end that I will be introducing regularly. The forest was beautiful and the pace was social so all abilities were included. Everyone had a big grin on their faces and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Escape Trails is perfectly named. After the crazy fortnight I have just had I really did feel I had escaped for a few hours. I feel physically and mentally energised. Thank you Neil and Hannah, I look forward to joining you again soon 😀

    Heather Dagraca Avatar Heather Dagraca
  • positive review  Neil and Hannah are brilliant hosts for any trail runner looking to run off road. Full of knowledge and enthusiam it was a pleasure to take part in the Intro to Trail Running at Harling Woods. A great venue and everyone had a great time. Looking forward to taking part in more Escape Trails runs!

    Stephanie Brighton Avatar Stephanie Brighton